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Today's Sports

  • NMHU roundup: RMAC-leading Mavs...

    New Mexico Highlands and host Colorado Mesa — the top team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s football race — both had 14 points in the second half Saturday.

    It was those 63 points in the first half — all scored by the Mavericks — that made the difference.

    The 77-14 defeat is the sixth in a row for the Cowboys and first-year coach Marty Fine.

    Eystin Salum threw four touchdown passes on his way to 299 yards for the Mavericks, and David Tann rushed for three TDs as part of a 167-yard effort.

  • Vegas Bowl 57: Big plays lift...

    In the end, Robertson had one big play too many for crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.
    Arjay Ortiz gained 244 yards on the ground and passed for another 108 in leading the Cardinals to a 51-21 win in Vegas Bowl 57.
    It was a nailbiter through two and a half quarters, though, and after John Balizan’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Tapia at the 7:41 mark of the third quarter, West trailed just 27-21.

  • Second half key as Cards down...

    Vegas Bowl 57 had the feel of a classic for two and a half quarters, the score 27-21 with 7:41 left in the third.

    Then host Robertson made the first of several big-yardage plays, starting a run of 24 unanswered points in a 51-21 final Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    The outcome left the Cardinals (8-1) and Dons (6-3) tied for second place in District 2-4A with 4-1 records. St. Michael's throttled Santa Fe Indian Saturday to remain unbeaten in district at 5-0.

  • State soccer: Beasties upset Taos

    No. 10 seed Robertson girls' soccer surprised No. 7 Taos by a 2-0 count Saturday afternoon at Eco Park in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals and coach Jeff Houdek advance to play Bosque in the Class 1A-4A state quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

    As a top-four seed, Robertson's boys had a first-round bye. They play either No. 6 Hatch Valley or No. 11 Bernalillo at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the complex.

    See the Optic print and online editions for coverage.

  • Reaching for the top: RHS...

    In three years’ time they’ve gone from a surprise state tournament darkhorse to a clear top-three program, perhaps the best Class 4A volleyball team in New Mexico other than juggernaut Sandia Prep.
    These Robertson Lady Cardinals are legit.

    On Thursday night, they completed an undefeated run through the District 2-4A schedule, taking down Pojoaque Valley — 25-14, 25-9, 25-7 — at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson has gotten better about putting opponents away when they have a chance to finish early.

  • Vegas Bowl 57: A preview

    Vegas Bowl 57, you look marvelous.

    Not a day over 56, and possibly just as good as your early days.
    When Robertson hosts West Las Vegas for the Meadow City’s annual football classic, renewing a rivalry that’s a throwback to the times when the Rio Gallinas was more a border and less a gathering spot, it’ll be a game that has real implications for the District 2-4A title race as well as for postseason positioning.

  • Cowboys' next foe: RMAC...

    There's good news and bad news for the Highlands football team.
    The good: With new turf finally installed at their stadium, the Cowboys may be able to play their last home game on campus.

    The bad: First, they have to play at Colorado Mesa and attempt to reverse course from a five-game losing streak.

    The Mavericks set Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference records for total offense (933 yards), rushing offense (708) and rushing touchdowns (10) in the teams’ 2016 contest at Perkins Stadium — an 87-14 rout.

  • Beasties open state tourney at...

    Robertson will be the No. 10 seed in the Class 1A-4A state girls’ soccer tournament, which opens this weekend around New Mexico.

    The Lady Cardinals — or Beastie Girls, if you prefer — know their opponent well.

    Host Taos, the No. 7 seed, has been a chief district rival. The Lady Tigers finished third in 2-4A at 11-5 overall and 6-4 in the district. Taos swept the teams’ head-to-head meetings with a 3-0 shutout Sept. 21 and a 1-0 squeaker in the Oct. 7 rematch.

  • Lady Card spikers chalk up...

    Having clinched the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, Robertson made quick work of Taos in their penultimate match of the regular season Tuesday night in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals won 25-6, 25-12, 25-12, to improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in District 2-4A under head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. Winner of seven straight matches, Robertson is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by MaxPreps, with only defending state champion Sandia Prep (16-2) and Portales (14-4) higher.

    The Lady Cards were to host Pojoaque Valley on Thursday night to close the regular season.

  • Kipkogei, Marrujo pace Highlands...

    With this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships in the books, New Mexico Highlands is hard at work retooling in preparation for the South Central Regionals on Nov. 4.

    It was a challenging weekend for Highlands overall. Collins Kurui, the Cowboys’ usual No. 1 man and a contender in the talent-rich RMAC, fell back in the pack midway through.

    That left Kennedy Kipkogei to take the lead runner role, as he had in the NMHU XC Jam back in September. He and Kurui finished just inside the top 50.